The Cotswolds, U.K. – Cirencester, Bourton-On-The-Water, Stroud

To get a real feel of U.K., do not miss out on the Cotswolds. You’ll be transported to traditional ways of life, old-school buildings and stone-age architecture. Be greeted with unpolluted crisp air and the lushest green. Of course, be prepared to get muddy.

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Cirencester

Pictures of buildings that are exclusive to Cirencester below. Each little town in the Cotswolds have their own little unique formations, making it them remarkable in their little ways.

Cotswold, U.K.

Cotswold, U.K.

I’m a sucker for rows of colourful houses, so here’s one below from the Cotswolds!

Cotswold, U.K.

Cirencester Park

Cotswold, U.K.

It is more vast and more green, with the air more fresh and crisp than it looks in the picture. I love how the Cotswolds locals live such leisurely lives, strolling by these parks and relishing their time – a delicacy lacking in Singapore.

Roman Theatre

Cotswold, U.K.

Cotswold, U.K.

Spotted half-timbered houses which I originally thought were exclusive only to France’s Normandy, but boy was I wrong. The reason why they are half-timbered is because the wooden boards are made from wood and the white finish from timber.

Cotswold, U.K.

The way Andy and Rachel, my couchsurfers, navigate around the Cotswolds – using physical maps, showed the stark contrast between living in the old-age and new-age, with GPS systems and virtual maps silently overtaking the traditional ways of navigation. Don’t remember the last time Dad used a physical map to navigate. On our road trips to Malaysia in the early 2000s?

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Rocks that are used to build houses are distinct to every town in the Cotswolds region.

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A typical household which I boldly ventured into after being struck by their carefully decorated garden. They are very typical of the Cotswolds region!

Cotswold, U.K.

Since my purpose was to have a taste of the great green plains of England, how could I miss out on a hike in the Cotswolds? Unfortunately, Andy & Rachel were unavailable to join me, so I had to put my old scouting skills to good use. With a map, water and waterproof bag in hand, I scooted off into the great unknown! En route, I was very much at peace with the serenity of nature – the quiet calls of birds, the gentle droplets of the after-rain, and little sheep grazing.

Cotswold, U.K.

Cotswold, U.K.

The white specks you see are sheep! I was so enraptured by the sight, as it was my first time since leaving my city hometown that I’ve ever seen such a vast land and herds of sheep. Evidently, living in a farm is on my bucket list. 😉

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Bourton-On-The-Water

Cotswold, U.K.

Cotswold, U.K.

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My favourite, because it’s like an area taken right out of a classic old English movie scene, with little bridges, quacking ducks and Englishmen sipping coffee by the little lake. 🙂

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Traditional English houses in the Cotswolds (below).

Cotswold, U.K.

Cotswold, U.K.

Andy & Rachel brought me try traditional Cornish Pasty. It tastes and looks like Singapore’s very own curry puff, without the curry and potato inside heh.

Cotswold, U.K.

Cotswold, U.K.

Cotswold, U.K.

Exploring the Cotswolds was my only experience during my 6 months in Europe that I experienced true countryside living, and also my very first Couchsurfing experience. I hold very, very fond memories of this place. :green:

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4 Replies to “The Cotswolds, U.K. – Cirencester, Bourton-On-The-Water, Stroud”

  1. wow beautiful. What a delightful tiny & cosy village. Thanks a lot Isabel for dropping by my blog. And glad you did that as it introduced me to your blog and your world of travel.

    Happy to be on board with you.

    Cheers
    Aanchal

    1. It was totally my pleasure Aanchal! 🙂

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